The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern (Doubleday Canada, 2011)
More style than substance though I enjoyed it while I was reading it. A month (or less) later, I can’t remember much but it entertained me at the time.
And No Birds Sang – Farley Mowat (McClelland & Stewart, 1979)
Mowat is a Canadian classic and I’ve read a few of his books now, all ranging broadly in subject. This is his memoir of his time serving during World War Two. It was recommended to me by a friend who has served in the Canadian armed forces. It’s an honest and brutal book.
(I reviewed a young adult novel by Mowat, The Curse of the Viking Grave, here.)
Nine Stories – J.D. Salinger (Bantam Books, 1986)
A re-read. Sometimes you just need some quick, interesting short stories, you know?
A Mariner’s Guide to Self-Sabotage – Bill Gaston (Douglas & McIntyre, 2017)
I wrote a review for this one! Read it here.
The Icarus Girl – Helen Oyeyemi (Nan A. Tales/Doubleday, 2005)
And another review! Read it here. Maybe I’ll actually start writing real reviews again.
Our Endless Numbered Days – Claire Fuller (Anansi, 2015)
Still hoping to write a real review for this book. Stay tuned…
The Gift of Rain – Tan Twang Eng
(After hearing multiple recommendations of this book I was really disappointed. I just could not get into it and found the beginning dragged on and on until I gave up. What clinched its abandonment for me was also the repeated negative portrayals of all things Chinese. As far as I could see, it wasn’t necessary and added nothing to the story other than making me dislike the narrator.)
The Silmarillion – J.R.R. Tolkien
When I was a Child I Read Books – Marilynne Robinson
Funny Once: Stories – Antonya Nelson
Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains – Yasuko Thanh